Fall 2018 Updates

We haven't written in a while here, spending more time streaming at our twitch channel at twitch.tv/lanmob. Since it's been a couple months I wanted to check in quick with some updates on the business, local happenings, and upcoming plans!

Outside Events

We've had a number of events happening outside our doors this past year, with the outdoor Mario Kart and Fortnite events at City Hall, a Rocket League event at Rising Stars Soccer Academy in Westmoreland, and a fighting game series Copper City Clash at the Rome, NY MVCC campus. These events can be a lot of fun for meeting new people and helping us spread the word about our business, and everyone always seems to have a great time at these.

2nd & 1st place Rocket League winners at Rising Stars Soccer Academy

Some Victory Royale Winners at the outdoor Fortnite Event on the Rome City Hall green

We're happy to see everyone having a good time, but the downside for these events happens for us behind the scenes as a lot of added stress on the business. We often have to tear the shop down to pull out equipment including monitors, systems and cables, leaving less stations to be in use by customers at the shop. There is also the stress of having so many environmental factors out of our control - Internet, electricity, networking, weather, and equipment failures can make for a lot of running around and putting out fires so to speak.

There are other expenses too - staffing, marketing - that from a business standpoint make these events break-even to unprofitable for us. I can see with some tweaking how this can be a successful arm of our business, and am aiming for some reinvestment into the business in the 2019-2020 timeline to improve our ability to offer these types of events. For the immediate future we're looking to rein in this side business somewhat, and I'm planning to decline a couple of outside events in November and December. This doesn't mean we're completely halting all outside events - we would love to get back down on the Rome green again next year if the stars align, and also are looking forward to continuing our partnership with MVCC Rome on growing a fighting game scene through the Copper City Clash series.

Copper City Clash 2 - Thursday December 13th 5 pm

Be sure to stop by MVCC Rome on December 13th between 5 and 9 pm for Copper City Clash 2 featuring the brand new Super Smash Brothers Ultimate! We have so much excitement for the game brewing around the shop and are aiming to throw a massive event. $5 venue fee, $5 per bracket you wish to play in (Smash Brothers Ultimate, DragonBall FighterZ, and SoulCalibur VI). You can RSVP to the Facebok event here:



Two things of note on the Fortnite front

1) We've heard the overwhelming demand for another Fortnite event and we'll be having a tournament this upcoming Black Friday (November 23rd) at LAN Mob, you can view the event details here: 

2) There is big news coming from our partners at ggLeap regarding Fortnite, something unique to LANs like ours. We're as in the dark as the rest of you but as soon as we have any details they'll be out on our social medias - stay tuned!

Zehn Masters

Apologies to everyone on the delay here. We've been assured this is just a delay and the events will be returning soon. We're in the unusual place of already holding most of our qualifiers, with the Overwatch qualifier being the one exception. Once again as soon as we have any details we'll be sure to pass them along, but in the meantime if there are other online series you would like to see brought to LAN Mob please let us know! We'd be happy to run some local qualifiers to larger series buy-ins to help sponsor some teams reach that next level of play.

Kolunas Does LA

We're so happy to see Kolunas head off to Los Angeles to participate in the Alienware Gaming Arena | Team Liquid | League of Legends boot camp. An amazing partnership between some awesome organizations and Thomas had the experience of his lifetime - some pictures below of his trip. This is one of the things we set out to do early on - find the best local gaming talent and promote them on a national stage - and we're so stoked to see that happen for a guy like Thomas who has spent so much time around our business and as a part of our esports program. Thank you AGA and Team Liquid for making this possible and be sure to tune in for the AGA finals in Las Vegas December 1st where Kolunas will be competing with the boot camp team for some major prize money - we'll definitely be having a watch party at LAN Mob that day so stop in and check it out!

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